FT 90 +5
Referee : Lee Mason
Attendance : 39,390
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Everton v Saints
Goodison Park, Saturday 4th April 2015
> Everton score with just one shot on target
> Pellè hasn’t scored a league goal since December
Due to having Everton supporting friends there, Goodison Park is the ground I've watched Saints more then any other away ground, always make a weekend of it, Liverpool is a great night out, Goodison is a very traditional old ground, which really takes you back in time
Left our city centre travel lodge for a greasy breakfast, the ideal start after a heavy and very enjoyable night. A slow pub crawl to the ground, meeting many Everton and Liverpool fans on route. Everyone is so complimentary of Saints over the last couple of years, we seem to be becoming many fans second favourite team. Liverpool fans were amusing in regards to the amount of money they gave us last summer, but then went on to say how they should be putting in a bid for Pellè at the end of the season! They really don't learn :)
Get to the ground. Everton have a lot going on in the car park, lots of football related stalls and various Everton songs being played, all geared to get you excited for the match (Saints could learn from this).
If Saints are to make the top 4, this was a must win game. Slightly surprised at the line up, but in Ron we trust. Saints kick off and started the brighter of the 2 sides. After five minutes a cross from Shane Long finds Pelle, who chips Howard in the Everton goal, only for the keeper to pull off a world class save.
After this Everton start to come into the game and after a series of corners Everton take the lead, when the ball fell into the box to an unchallenged Jagielka, who puts the ball into the corner of Saints goal.
Everton 1 Saints 0
Saints responded well to the goal and immediately get the upper hand in the game. Saints gain a free kick on the edge of the box, after Pelle was pulled down. Ward-Prowse takes the free kick and is only inches wide. Shortly after, Howard makes another great save from a swerving shot from Ward-Prowse. The rest of the half was fairly even, with half chances for both sides.
Half time Everton 1 Saints 0
The second half starts and Saints struggle to get going. On the hour Saints made a double substitution, Tadic and Mane came on for Ward-Prowse and a very ineffective Elia. I was surprised Elia started the second half to be honest.
The changes certainly lifted Saints, but too many times the build up play was so slow, that Everton easily managed to get plenty of players back behind the ball and the game petered out, with no real goal attempts for either side.
For me, Wanyama was Saints Man of the Match, whilst Jagielka was their best player. Once again lack of penetration in the final third has cost us a win that our possession deserved.
Full time Everton 1 Saints 0
Saints Champions league dream is now probably over, but I can't help thinking, if only in January we'd bought a goal scorer. Jermain Defoe was available, I know his wages were high, but could have given us the goals which would of meant games like today's would have ended with us getting all 3 points.
A great weekend, shame about the result.
5th April 2015
24 Howard, 23 Coleman, 26 Stones, 06 Jagielka, 03 Baines, 16 McCarthy, 18 Barry, 25 Lennon, 20 Barkley (Besic - 71’ ), 21 Osman, 09 Koné (Naismith - 70’ )
01 Robles, 11 Mirallas, 14 Naismith, 17 Besic, 22 Pienaar, 29 Garbutt, 30 Alcaraz
01 Davis, 02 Clyne, 06 Fonte, 17 Alderweireld (Djuricic - 82’ ), 21 Bertrand Booked, 12 Wanyama, 04 Schneiderlin, 07 Long, 16 Ward-Prowse (Mané - 61’ ), 22 Elia (Tadic - 61’ ), 19 Pellè
03 Yoshida, 10 Mané, 11 Tadic, 15 Djuricic, 25 Gazzaniga, 28 Reed, 33 Targett
Post-Everton game interview with Ronald Koeman
Post match interview with James Ward-Prowse